Tag Archive for: Rachel Carson

 

In this seminal text published in 1962 Carson exposed the hazards of pesticides including the notorious DDT, questioned humanity’s faith in technological progress and kickstarted the environmental movement. Carson, a renowned nature author and a former marine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was uniquely equipped to create what was considered at the time a startling and inflammatory book.

Carson argued that chemical treatment of soils led to the destruction of beneficial biological species and resulted in an imbalance to the ecosystem. Furthermore, she emphasised chlorinated hydrocarbons and organophosphates as the main cause of bird and fish fatalities, and human nervous system disorders. Her work is characterised by meticulous research and a poetic evocation of the subject. Carson concluded that the human desire of total control of nature is conceived in arrogance.

 

Author of the iconic Silent Spring, marine biologist Rachel Carson is at her lyrical best as she tells us the history of the oceans, from their creation to what she imagined their future might hold. Published over seventy years ago, The Sea Around Us remains one of the most influential books about the natural world and though written well before the theory of plate tectonics changed our understanding of the physical backdrop to the oceans, it is still a prophetic account, alerting readers to a future climate crisis and warning of the fragility and centrality of oceans and the life within them.

The Sea Around Us, is the second book in Carson’s sea trilogy, establishing her as a well-loved author who combines poetic prose with a scalpel-sharp scientific mind.